follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

gumption

[guhmp-shuh n] /ˈgʌmp ʃən/
noun, Informal.
1.
initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness:
With his gumption he'll make a success of himself.
2.
courage; spunk; guts:
It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job.
3.
common sense; shrewdness.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; orig. Scots
Related forms
gumptionless, adjective
gumptious, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for gumptious

gumption

/ˈɡʌmpʃən/
noun (informal)
1.
(Brit) common sense or resourcefulness
2.
initiative or courage: you haven't the gumption to try
Word Origin
C18: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gumptious

gumption

n.

1719, originally Scottish, "common sense, shrewdness," also "drive, initiative," possibly connected with Middle English gome "attention, heed," from Old Norse gaumr "heed, attention." Sense of "initiative" is first recorded 1812.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for gumptious

gumption

noun

Initiative; enterprise; courage; spunk (1831+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gumption

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gumptious

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gumptious